The Riverdale finale “Survive the Night” was bonkers!
How many Fizzle Rocks did the writers take before putting together that episode?
We’re breaking down all the biggest moments of the season 3 finale below!
Goodbye Gargoyle King and the Black Hood
Early on in the episode, Penelope was revealed as the Game Keeper, which we should have seen coming considering she was the game master during the Midnight Club’s reign. Jughead pieced together the whole puzzle using his impeccable journalistic skills: Penelope, wanting to get revenge on the town who made her a child bride and ignored her pain, encouraged Hal to become a serial killer. Hal saw a glimmer of himself in Chic, so instead of killing him, he recruited him into becoming the Gargoyle King. And one by one, they rid the town of sinners. Oh, and she referred to Chic as Jason because everything stemmed from the pain of losing her son. And thus, all three seasons were connected in a twisted horror film trilogy.
Want to Play a Game?
Penelope sent Archie, Veronica, Jughead and Betty (whom she purchased from The Farm) for one final quest. They were the chosen four because their parents didn’t even console Penelope after her son died (get over yourself!). Betty and Veronica injested poison though they passed the test of selflessness, Jughead fought Chic, Archie fought some dude dressed as a bear, and Betty almost shot and killed her dad. She couldn’t give into the darkness knowing that it would snuff out her light, but Penelope killed Hal and called him a lousy serial killer to begin with.
Escape The Farm
Alice began to realize that something shady was happening inside The Farm when Edgar wouldn’t tell her what happened to Betty. She stole Juniper, handed her off to Cheryl, and helped them escape. She asked Cheryl to promise that she would find Betty and make sure she was safe. And upon arriving at Thornhill, Cheryl did just that by ordering the Serpents and the Pretty Poisons to save the foursome from her mother’s wrath. Also, Nana Rose is the true MVP for turning on her daughter and helping them!
Knowing that The Farm was going to be compromised, Edgar asked Alice to rally up the troops for their expedited ascension. Now, I don’t know if this means the same thing it did in G&G, but I thought that ascension meant to commit suicide. But alas, when Betty & Co. arrived at the SOQM, they found Kevin in a room rocking back and forth surrounded by everyone’s white outfits. He said they left him behind to tell their story, but he seemed rather upset that they didn’t let him ascend because he “wasn’t worthy.” Honestly, count your blessings, Kevin. But where the hell is everyone else? And why would Edgar leave behind a loose end?
The FBI & Alice
In what may be the biggest twist of all, Betty & Jug were approached by an FBI agent who claimed to be their real brother, Charles, and also admitted that Alice was working undercover for the FBI to infiltrate The Farm and bring them down. Apparently, they’ve known all about organ harvesting but somehow didn’t think it was enough to arrest Edgar. And now, they need Betty’s help finding her mother after ascension night. Here’s the thing, I love that Alice didn’t fall for all the Farmie crap, but really, I don’t trust anyone wearing an FBI uniform in Riverdale and I don’t trust anyone with the name Charles.
Hiram Lodge, the Real Big Bad
Sure, the GK & the BH were scary, but you know who’s terrifying? Hiram Lodge. Hiram cannot be outsmarted and he basically controls the whole city. Veronica and Hermione thought they got him after the FBI arrested him but he was placed in his own prison where he’s likely hailed as a God. He also had his minions set up Hermione and has a massive plan for Veronica so she “won’t know what hit her.”
Cheryl, step away from the rotting corpse of your brother. What is happening here? Cheryl was visibly disturbed when she stumbled upon the dug up corpse of Jason, so much so that she ambushed Edgar Evernever. She was also rational enough to realize The Farm was a cultish operation and successfully escaped. So, why is it that she’s reverting to her old brainwashing and sitting back and having a chat with her dead brother like it’s NBD? Cheryl, please don’t.
Friends Forever… But Not in the Future
What is up with that flash-forward scene? And better yet, what the hell happened to Jughead? The final scene of the episode found Betty, Jug, Veronica, and Archie celebrating their victory and wishing for normalcy as they head into their senior year. With the spliced in flash-forward scenes, it’s safe to say their senior year is going to be beyond memorable… but not in a good way. We see Betty, Archie and Veronica sans Jughead, standing by a river in their undergarments covered in blood. Betty urges them to burn Jughead’s hat as they vow to never speak to each again in order not to get caught. But seriously, where is Jughead? Why are they burning his hat? Why are they covered in blood? Why did this have a “I Know What You Did Last Summer” feel to it?
What were your thoughts on the finale?
And what are you looking for to season 4?
Grand Hotel – Art of Darkness (1×11)
Finding the truth about what happened to Sky was a false alarm on Grand Hotel’s “Art of Darkness.”
While we’re all dying to know what happened to Danny’s sister, revealing that she was part of Theresa’s prostitution ring wouldn’t have been a good choice for the series.
The appeal is the mystery of the Riviera Grand, the secrets that are being kept by the hotel’s owners and staff, and of course, what happened to Sky.
If Danny were to find his sister two-episodes before the finale, it would ruin the momentum and give us no reason to watch till the end let alone a second season.
Not to mention it wouldn’t be believable.
Sky’s been described as somewhat of a firecracker. Whatever happened to her was a result of her finding out or knowing too much.
She wouldn’t just allow herself to be pimped out by Theresa all this time.
And though Theresa’s been calling the shots for quite some time, it’s been made very clear that whatever happened to Sky involved Mateo and Santiago.
Now we know that whatever happened to Sky also involved the mysterious room 606 where Caroline and Yoli were hiding their father, Felix, and where Beatriz’s “accident” happened.
Obviously, the word accident is in quotation marks because it’s clear that Beatriz’s death wasn’t caused by a heart attack like we’ve been led to believe.
Considering Yoli said Sky was the only other person who had a key, it’s safe to assume she knew what really happened and threatened to expose the killer.
When Javi found out about the abandoned hotel, it triggered a childhood memory for him. In it, Beatriz snuck him away to the room and begged him not to tell his father about it.
Based on the memory, Beatriz seemed terrified of what Santiago would do.
That is if she’s referring to Santiago as Javi’s father.
Alicia didn’t recall the room at first but while going through the family photo albums, she recalled one time when she was riding her tricycle and she saw both Santiago and Gigi keeping Beatriz a prison.
Again, based on the memory, Beatriz looked terrified.
The most obvious guess is that she was a drug addict and both her husband and her best friend were trying to help her secretly get clean while protecting the children.
However, Beatriz didn’t look to be high on drugs in Alicia’s memory, which makes the situation all the more curious.
There’s also Gigi’s reaction to finding out Yoli was having an affair with Sky in room 606 before her disappearance.
Panicked, Gigi runs into the room looking for something. What does she think Sky found inside?
And how is this connected to the chat Gigi had with Sky just before she disappeared?
This also begs the question: what is the connection between Beatriz and Sky?
After the cops raided Theresa’s “art show,” Mateo helped her escape through the backdoor.
But proving his loyalty wasn’t his attempt at getting back into her good graces.
Instead, Mateo buttered her up just enough so she’d let him in and then he attempted to kill her realizing he’d never be free of her otherwise.
You saw how Theresa treated Santiago when he tried to pay back the debt in full.
Getting all her money isn’t beneficial — she wants the assets and the access to the Riviera Grand. It was never about money.
The gunshot clearly went off, but we’re not sure who pulled the trigger.
Mateo has presumably killed before, but did he have it in him to kill the woman who saved him?
Did Theresa grab hold of the gun and kill Mateo?
Was it a blank bullet?
I’d like to believe Mateo took care of the problem for everyone, but killing a villain is never that easy.
Other Riviera Grand Musings
- Byron is back and he has Carolina wrapped around his finger… again. It’s highly unlikely that he doesn’t have ulterior motives. What decent and self-respecting man would go back to the woman who cheated on him the night before the wedding?
- Alicia is realizing that Danny was right about the hotel’s money problems after she confronts her father who admits their indebted to some dangerous people. There’s still undeniable chemistry between Danny and Alicia and once she realizes the only thing Danny didn’t lie about was his feelings for her, she’ll forgive him. Plus, he brought up a valid point: what would she do if someone in her family mysteriously vanished?
- Jason and Vanessa are cute, but they don’t have staying power. Ingrid’s jealousy was upsetting considering all the damage she’s already done to the people at the Riviera Grand, but thankfully, Mrs. P checked her real quick. Still, I see her and Jason becoming a couple very soon.
- Gigi had me just as fooled as she had Felix when she accompanied him to the Bahamas. But alas, she ventured out there simply to cozy up to him, drug him, and take the money he said he put into a bank account for her. Her intentions were always to help Santiago, but she was more inclined when she realized he was willing to risk the hotel to get back into her good graces. They’re stronger together.
- Danny’s a terrible spy. About 5 seconds into the party, I figured out what kind of party it was. Yes, eventually he saved a bunch of girls from sex trafficking, but I’m calling that a lucky break.
What did you think of this week’s Grand Hotel?
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Grand Hotel – Suite Little Lies (1×10)
Grand Hotel is picking up the pace and raising the stakes.
Sky Garibaldi’s disappearance has started to fall to the backburner amidst all these juicy telenovela-like twists.
In just one short hour (or 45 minutes if you’re counting commercials), Theresa infiltrated the Riviera Grand and set her sights on Felix, who Santiago learned was hiding out in the forbidden 606 room, presumably the room that Beatriz died in.
After this episode, it’s unclear which man should be trusted.
Both have found themselves in messy situations for different reasons.
Felix allegedly stole millions, which pissed a lot of people off. Santiago may have been responsible for turning him in, and yes, it’s possible his crush on Gigi played some kind of role, in his decision, but Felix deserved what was coming his way.
However, Santiago’s character is also questioned when he attacks Felix for suggesting that a young woman like Beatriz would have never suffered a heart attack. Felix accuses Santiago of killing his wife, triggering an emotional response from him. Again, Felix deserved the punch in the face as he was purposefully provoking Santiago to later spin a sob story about how Gigi’s new husband has been the bad guy all along in a sad attempt to win her back, but it also shows that there’s a much darker side to Santiago that we haven’t tapped into yet.
Santiago’s aggressive reaction could have been a response to hearing the man he loathed talk negatively about his late wife. But, it could also be an admission of guilt. Whatever it is, it’s obvious that there’s more to Beatriz’s death than meets the eye.
I wasn’t convinced she died of a heart attack either, but I’m not sure that Santiago was the one to kill her simply to get the rights to the hotel and to marry Gigi.
Gigi’s naiveness when it came to Felix was frustrating. She kept saying that Felix’s charms weren’t working on her but it didn’t take a lot for her to lose all faith in Santiago. And at the end of the day, she helped her ex-husband escape with the promos suggesting that she might run away with him to “figure things out.”
Santiago may have been lying about a lot of stuff but he never abandoned his family.
The meaning “it’s complicated” takes on a whole other meaning in this hotel.
Gigi’s hypocritical ways were also underlined with Felix’s return. She’s been icing out Santiago because he failed to tell her about the shady deals with Theresa and Mateo, but she also kept Felix’s return a secret.
And in addition to helping her daughter’s aid a fugitive, she even lent him Santiago’s nice clothes.
Santiago’s attempts to please Gigi backfired when it came to getting rid of Theresa.
He felt so guilty about upsetting his wife that he refused Theresa’s offer to turn over Felix.
Instead, Santiago took the high road allowing Felix to make a break for it and ended up getting stuck with Theresa permanently.
Are you happy now, Gigi? Theresa isn’t going to be some off-screen villain anymore; she’s requesting an office space in the hotel she’s investing in.
Mateo’s abduction fell flat as it didn’t reveal anything we didn’t already know about him. He’s loyal to Theresa because she turned his life around and his fear of what she will do if he disobeys her has now turned him into her lackey.
Mateo lost any and all depth when he began following her around like a little puppy. It’s amazing that he’s gone from wielding all the power at the Riviera Grand to being nothing more than an assistant who doesn’t say much.
There’s a lot of questionable things happening at the Riviera Grand, but the twins trying to run away with their father and comparing life on the run to a “semester abroad,” is pretty high on that list.
Are these two serious?
Yoli always seemed like the brighter of the two, but she lost all of my admiration when she tried to persuade her girlfriend into running away with her and her fugitive father.
Then, instead of letting it go when Marisa told her she wasn’t interested, Yoli tried to make her feel guilty about it.
What makes Yoli think someone could just uproot their life the moment she wants them too?
Marisa didn’t owe Yoli any explanation, and I’m not buying that she wasn’t interested because she was undocumented.
What a terrible way to weave in a real-life situation.
Marisa would have been a more respectable character if she had just stuck to her guns and told Yoli she didn’t want to be involved with this messy family drama.
No sane person would agree to something so risky and dangerous regardless of immigration status.
Danny’s investigation into his sister Sky is exposing a lot more than he bargained for.
Most of the shady dealings were mentioned previously but are news to him and the detective he’s working with.
Basically, with a little attention, they’ve figured out that Mateo and Santiago are both working in organized crime within the hotel, which could be the same thing Sky “found” right before she disappeared.
And since the Biscayne Crime Syndicate oftentimes kidnaps people for ransom, there’s a huge chance Sky might still be alive.
Personally, I think having Sky’s disappearance resolve itself during the season finale episode seems a little rushed.
Then again, Danny’s cover has been blown and he was fired from the hotel.
Whatever spell Alicia put him under, it’s caused him to act with his heart and not his brain, abandoning his original goal and altering the plan to include her.
Unfortunately, taking Jason’s advice seemingly backfired.
After finding out that Danny lied about having a girlfriend and meeting said girlfriend in the lobby, Alicia had it with the lies.
When Danny told her that he took the job to launch his own investigation into his sister’s disappearance and that he believed her father was involved, Alicia basically shut down.
Danny should have expected it as he accused her family while also admitting that he’d lied to her since the beginning of their relationship.
Heather wasn’t needed to blow Danny’s cover — he managed it all on his own.
In fact, Heather helped his cause by convincing Alicia that his heart was in the right place.
We all thought she was going to be a vindictive, crazy ex-girlfriend when in reality, she was hurt and wanted some answers.
Will Alicia be more observant now after hearing Danny’s musings and realize that he’s been right all along?
Javi returned from rehab and in an effort to avoid all triggers, channeled his attention into helping Jason get lucky with the ladies.
Jason’s your typical nice-guy-next-door, so it wasn’t surprising that he wasn’t interested in lying to the ladies to get them into bed.
However, he really needed to cleanse his palate of Ingrid.
Coincidentally, hooking up with another girl may have inadvertently gotten Jason out of the friend-zone with Ingrid.
She seemed into him when she saw him leave the girl’s room the next day with his shirt unbuttoned.
The fact that Ingrid lost both Javi and Mateo in the same day could have a lot to do with her feelings.
She’s all alone now and would likely want someone to mend her broken heart.
I’ll leave you all with a theory: Santiago said no one had the key to room 606, but Yoli did. Maybe it’s because she dated Sky? Maybe Sky made multiple copies and the key that Danny found in her locker is also to the same room. It’s possible that Sky could have known the real reason Beatriz died, which is why she had the obituary. Santiago could have “taken care of her” because she knew too much.
What do you think?
Is that the last we’ve seen of Felix?
Will Gigi leave with him?
Is Sky alive?
Will Alicia forgive Danny?
Grand Hotel – Groom Service (1×09)
Everyone’s hiding something at the Riviera Grand.
It won’t be long before those secrets and lies start catching up with them like they’ve already begun to on Grand Hotel Season 1 Episode 9.
Santiago is hiding his involvement with Mateo’s “boss,” Mateo is hiding the shame of unintentionally killing his own child, the twins are quite literally hiding their fugitive father, Felix, and Alicia and Danny are hiding their relationship.
Though Alicia considered going public about her relationship with Danny, he immediately shot the idea down because of the other thing he’s hiding: the real reason he’s working as a waiter in the first place.
Danny’s walking a thin line here; he’s trying to be himself and pursue a relationship with a woman he really likes all while not revealing anything real about himself and staying focused on his original mission to find out what happened to his sister.
I’m a huge Danny and Alicia shipper as their relationship — the blend of forbidden love and pulsating chemistry — is intoxicating.
I believe he does have real feelings for her, which complicates everything as he’s forced to be closed-off with her.
There’s a lot wrong with their relationship no matter how steamy.
A huge concern is Alicia’s reaction to Danny saying he’s not comfortable to date publicly.
She never stopped the consider how it would affect his position or what the optics would be after spearheading a “no workplace dating” memo.
Who cares when all they have to do is sign a waiver, right?
When Danny finally made the decision to pursue a public relationship with her, he told Jason that “for the first time he feels like he caught a break.”
He spoke too soon, because guess who was checking into the hotel just mere seconds later?
Heather, the scorned ex-girlfriend.
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